All I'm Askin' Is for a Little Respect

All I’m Askin’ Is for a Little Respect (Just a Little Bit, That’s All)

If there’s one thing I hate about going to my doctor, it’s getting to her office.  Read more

Paralyzed by My Paralysis to Travel Overseas

Paralyzed by My Paralysis to Travel Overseas

Humans are naturally afraid of change. We’re afraid of trying something new and we’re afraid of encountering new things…most of us are anyways, and this is especially true for all of us living with paralysis. There are so many things that we cannot do that we become rigid in our ways. It’s like a big protective the turtle shell. Read more

Tiffiny's Wheelchair Van with Ramp

How I Beat Paying Full Price on Wheelchair Van Parts

My wheelchair accessible vehicle, aka my awesome minivan, is a lot more expensive than it looks. Minimum with the hand controls, a whole setup costs $20,000 to $30,000 dollars. Most new vans are $50,000 and upwards. It’s no wonder so many people who use wheelchairs are stuck using public transportation. It simply out of most people’s financial reach. Read more

My Disability is Better Than Yours

My Disability is Better Than Yours

When did it become a thing to fight over who suffered from a more severe disability?

“He only has a slight limp.”

“He should definitely not be parking in the handicap spot that I need because I use a wheelchair.”

“That’s my spot damn it.”

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What to Say When Getting Pulled Over as a Wheelchair-Using Driver

What to Say When Getting Pulled Over as a Wheelchair-Using Driver

Well it seems my lucky streak has come to an end. Finally, after years of speeding, I finally received my first speeding ticket. It happened last week when I was going 46 mph in a 30 mph zone on a residential road. It was completely on me. No excuse for my leadpaw. Read more

Where in the World is Katy Blake?

Where in the World is Katy Blake?

Let me blow the cobwebs off of here and see if I can remember how to properly blog. It is hard to believe that in addition to writing just one single article for EasyStand, I only posted two real updates on my personal blog for the entire year of 2015. Heck, even my Help Katy back to rehab Facebook page has taken a backseat, along with my personal blog and the EasyStand articles. Beginning in January 2015, I have encountered many struggles and setbacks that have unfortunately taken precedence in my life over other obligations, such as writing or painting or anything that required making adult decisions. It was all just too much to handle that part of me just completely shut down. I was beyond overwhelmed by my life and the never-ending obstacles. Spinal cord injuries are exhausting: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Read more

Why We Transfer Out

Why We Transfer Out

I’ve done it at movie theaters, in restaurant booths, on park benches, onto couches at a party, definitely on a beach chair…wait? What do you think I was talking about here? Eh-hem…I’m referring to a certain transfer many people with spinal cord injuries do. It’s a thing and I’m here to talk about it. Read more

How to Handle Traffic Stops as a Person with a Disability

Staying Safe During Traffic Stops as a Person with a Disability

You are aware of the incidents of police brutality and retaliation happening in this country unless you’ve been you in a coma these last few years. There is the black lives matter movement, which I understand, but I personally believe it’s creating more segregation in our country. I’m going to tell you why and explain how to deal with the police in a minute, because this is an issue that faces all of us as citizens. The reason I believe this is the same as living with a disability, unless we are talking inclusion we’re creating exclusion, whether it’s intended or not. Please don’t get me wrong here. We definitely have a problem in this country with the police abusing their power in specific cases. People have been killed in needless situations. Why are we creating division and segregation on this extremely important topic when power comes in numbers and unity?  Read more

Young Adulthood as a Person with Disabilities

Eight Things I Wish I had Known Before I Entered Young Adulthood as a Person with Disabilities

  1. The programs you’re enrolled in, and the services your family takes advantage of are going to come to an end. Unfortunately, not all programs should or can transition into adulthood.
    You will have to find some new services that cater to adults around 18 to 25 years old, generally. This can include but is not limited to, PCA services, Independent Living Services (ILS) and day programs.

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Destination PCA

How to Hire a “Destination” PCA for Your Next Trip

It began with an awkward hello and ended with a warm hug goodbye. I was actually sad to see her go. That was how smoothly it went hiring my first “destination” PCA. I ran across this fabulous idea to become fully independent while traveling (ie, not bringing a PCA) from somewhere online (I can’t remember where), but at the time I thought it doubted this ballsy idea. Read more